Kate Lynch who won a scholarship for the 2017 Thomas F Meagher Foundation Flag Day at the 1st ever permanent exhibition on the Irish  Tricolour at the GPO, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Exhibition opened to mark the 170th anniversary of the first flying of the tricolour

A weather system nicknamed as the “beast from the east” is heading our way, bringing with it freezing temperatures and the likelihood of heavy snow. File photograph: Getty Images

Deep freeze looms as Ireland to experience coldest temperatures since December 2010

 A youth worker said young people taking the sedative have   charges for ‘offences they have absolutely no recollection of committing.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Youth worker says teenagers are looking to experience a blackout when they take benzodiazepine

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly quiz medical experts while considering the question  of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin, last year. File photograph: The Irish Times

Incident linked to recruiter’s suspension unrelated to abortion deliberations – judge

‘Confusion’ in Government over who is responsible for protecting children online, expert says

Fergus Finlay, chief executive of Barnardos, with Claire Cahill at the launch of the new Lost Children Campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Barnardos say one in seven Irish children are lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect

A sudden stratospheric warming has taken place

Weather phenomenon was last present during December 2010 big freeze

Schoolchildren walk by as anti-abortion activists protest  outside the Dáil earlier this month. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Noone: No Irish-based consultants or GPs ‘made available to Committee on Eighth’

Tyrrelstown GAA club had warned that proposals by Mazars to sell their pitch could see the club fold.

Tyrrelstown club will be allowed to use Nama-controlled land until May next year

Olga, Joe and Adelina Hurley celebrating Christmas in their Florida home. Photograph: Olga Hurley

Olga Hurley’s family moved from Drogheda to Florida to live somewhere ‘safe and beautiful’

Project Ireland 2040: a new Metro link is due to run between Swords and Sandyford, in Dublin

Two plans to set out infrastructure priorities and plan regional development

The King of Tory Patsy Don Rodgers outside the Dáil with fellow Tory Island residents calling for an a new  ferry to service the island off Donegal. Photograph: Alan Betson

Colourful protesters tell politicians: ‘We’re going to need a better boat’

Tyrrelstown GAA club say they have nowhere else to go and cannot afford land

The study programme is being carried out with the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE. Photograph: iStock

College leading study to find out what works best to stop women smoking

‘I want to be an astronaut and work for ye but you need to fix this problem for me’

In 2016 there were more than 151,000 uninsured private vehicles in the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Rising insurance premiums may be behind increase in uninsured vehicle claims

Minister for Health Simon Harris: FGM is never ever justifiable.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health minister describes comments made by Muslim cleric as ‘offensive and worrying’

Grand Master of the Irish Freemasons Douglas Grey: “We are an organisation that is trying to make good men better”

Open to all religions (but not women), its focus is fundraising and, yes, there is a handshake

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis, who was involved in a political feud in Dublin North-West. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

SF chair warns representatives they will face disciplinary action if they continue to do so

Children from a local Traveller group in Merrion Square at the launch of The Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration which takes place on  March 1st at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Free events highlighting culture to be held at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on March 1st

Anybody in possession of a Johnston, Mooney and O’Brien product with the best before date of February 11th can return the product or the packaging to claim a full refund. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Breadmaker takes precaution after discovering industrial sieve was missing

The man who died after a stabbing in Lucan on Wednesday night has been named locally as Bryan Cassidy (52). Photograph: Facebook

Dead man named locally as Bryan Cassidy (52)

Louth County Council director of services Joe McGuinness and civil engineer Colm Lambe. They came up with the council’s compulsory purchase initiative

Louth County Council is securing neglected eyesore properties held by the banks and redistributing to those who need them

The Four Courts in Dublin burning during a Civil War battle on June 30th, 1922. The Public Records Office, and with it a huge swathe of Irish cultural memory, was destroyed. File photograph: National Library of Ireland

New virtual archive aims to reproduce thousands of files destroyed during Civil War

Lea Taylor and Nicola Wright dressed in Suffragettes costume hold a mock protest on the Royal Mile on February 6th, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Josepha Madigan said the idealism of revolutionary generation was not fulfilled

Bob Geldof: I don’t think the Easter Rising is the foundational moment of the State. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

DVD of Bob Geldof’s documentary on poet has been released

Senator Ivana Bacik, with students in TCD Muireann McQuillan, Maeve Peyton and Áine Hamm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vótáil 100 marks the 100th anniversary of the vote for Irish women

Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly has resigned from the party. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin wants Reilly to give her seat on Dublin City Council back to the party

Shannon Airport had almost twice (195 per cent) the average monthly rainfall in January. Photograph: iStock

Forecast is for a spell of cold weather to set in with snow and ice on higher ground

Lucinda Creighton: We never celebrate the women who take the decision not to abort. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister claims only women who decide to terminate are celebrated

Singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy has been announced as Ireland’s entry at the Eurovision this May

Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s song ‘Together’ will hope to break an abysmal run in the competition

The last time the three elements combined at the same time was in 1866. Photograph: AFP

Rare astronomical event to be visible across half the world but not in Ireland

Evelyn O’Keeffe, Meg O’Brien and Megan O’Malley   of the Gaiety School of Acting  launching the Oireachtas Vótáil100 programme of events commemorating 100 years of suffrage. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Vótáil 100 will include presentation of a portrait of Markievicz to House of Commons

Florence Burke and his brother John on arrival in New York. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Ellen Alden’s discovery of her great-great grandfather’s letters inspired her to write a novel about his role in conflict that kil(...)

 South Dock Road in Ringsend where 21 cars were clamped on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Alleyway in Dublin Docklands offered handy free parking until ‘no parking’ clampdown

 A section of the crowd that turned up to protest against the application  to build 536 residential units on the St Paul’s playing fields at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hundreds turn out to oppose plans to build houses on historic grounds

The scene outside the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses recall the panic and chaos of the shooting outside the National Stadium

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said he will not change the criteria relating to primary school teachers taking career breaks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

IPPN calls for creation of teacher supply panels to fill temporary vacancies in schools

The Cost of Insurance Working Group found the cost of insurance rose 57 per cent between January 2011 and July 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Cost of Insurance Working Group criticises failure of insurance industry to tackle fraud

Gardaí have seized jewellery worth €100,000 and arrested two people

Roving criminal gangs with high powered cars targeted in ongoing Garda operation

Zombie will feature on Bad Wolves’s debut album Disobey, which is due out in April.

‘The sadness of it all is overwhelming,’ says Bad Wolves vocalist on the 46-year-old’s death

Ross Hanlon was on a city break and became separated from his friends. Photograph: Facebook.

Ross Hanlon’s brother says: ‘Hang in there Ross we are going to get you home’

The Affordable Childcare Scheme was announced in last year’s budget. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images.

Minister says firms must administer affordable childcare scheme until September 2019

Kevin McManus: hopes to secure a deal with a mainstream publisher

Kevin McManus’s third novel Under the Red Winter Sky was judged by readers of readfree.ly to be the best crime book of 2017

The commemorative stamps.

Former mining magnate left the ‘greatest gift by any individual to this country’

Adrian Nestor from Kilcolgan, Co Galway. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

Road safety groups say lack of consistency in drink drive cases sends out wrong message

Met Éireann has updated a snow and ice warning for Ireland. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Donegal remains worst affected county with further snowfall forecast for Saturday

“I unreservedly apologise. I messed this one up,” the GP told the Medical Council’s fitness-to-practise inquiry. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Expert claims accused who ‘completely unnerved’ woman shows some signs of autism

Cillian Cribbins tumbles down the slopes at the Hill of Tara during recent snow fall. Photograph: The Irish Times

Channel 4 forecaster says Met Éireann was wrong to give Storm Fionn a name

 The woman told the Medical Council  she found the whole incident so bizarre that she thought she was involved in a hidden camera show.  Photograph: David Sleator

Medical Council hears woman in ‘absolute shock’ and felt violated after consultation

Dolores O’Riordan: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led tributes in the Dáil on Tuesday to the musician and songwriter. Photograph: Reuters

U2, Hozier and Cranberries bandmates lead praise for Limerick’s ‘voice of a generation’

 Shane MacGowan pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall  with President Michael D Higgins, Johnny Depp and Victoria Mary Clarke. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Bono, Johnny Depp among those feting Pogues singer, who turned 60 on Christmas Day

Dolores O’Riordan: died in London aged 46. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Police say they are treating death of singer at London hotel as ‘unexplained’

Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly Ms Mary Laffoy and Sharon Finegan, secretary, in  Malahide. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Members vote in favour of retaining status quo in relation to public funding of referendums

Those who don’t pay for priority boarding must put the bigger of their two bags in the hold

Passengers must pay €5 for priority boarding if they wish to bring larger bag into cabin

Abortion Referendum posters on a pedestrian bridge on the Stillorgan Road in 2002. Photograph: David Sleator

Concern expressed at Citizens Assembly over holding multiple polls on the same day

Professor Fergal Malone said his experience as a doctor showed it was “not a given” that parents will opt for a termination if their unborn child is to be born with a chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan fears abortion might see fewer Down syndrome children

Liam Neeson  was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin by  President Michael D Higghins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Actor admits to ‘fear’ of public speaking when receiving award at Áras an Uachtaráin

A pedestrian braving the weather on the flooded Salthill Promenade during Storm Eleanor on January 2nd, 2018. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Snow and thunder forecast for next week as weather set to turn much colder

Sir Edward Lees (Rory Nolan), and behind,  Mrs Draper (Camille Ross), The Widow (Mary Murray) and Lady Jane Lees (Liz FitzGibbon) at a  specially commissioned performance  from  theatre company Fishamble to mark the 200th anniversary of the GPO in Dublin.

Dublin’s most famous historical building is also the world’s oldest working post office

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds a   press briefing last January. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Former Trump spokesman will speak about his tempestuous time in the White House

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy who chaired the assembly who considered the Eighth Amendment on the issue of abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ten rural counties not represented among assembly who considered Eighth Amendment

A pedestrian drops money in a collection bucket at College Green Dublin, where pupils and past pupils from Belvedere College Dublin were holding their annual Christmas sleep-out in aid of the homeless. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Students who slept-out over three nights describe homelessness as an ‘epidemic’

“They don’t have a definition and they don’t have a name. They consider themselves to be heterosexual men who have sex with men occasionally.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

In 2010 survey, 9% of men who had sex with men identified as neither gay nor bisexual

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996.

‘It will last for centuries and be as meaningful in 500 years time as when it was built’

The family syndicate bought their lottery ticket at The Village Shop in Malahide, owned by Ken and Amy Cong. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Elated Dublin family confess to being left ‘dizzy’ after massive ‘life changing’ win

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996: the Fine Gael politician  served as minister of state from 1981 to 1982 under Garret FitzGerald

Politician was best known for the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders

 Travellers wait inside terminal five at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday. Photograph:  Rebecca Butala How/Getty Images

Flights to airports including New York, Boston and Newark cancelled

Amy Cong, owner of The Village Shop on Main Street, Malahide, celebrates after it was announced she sold the winning EuroMillions ticket. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Shop owner Amy Cong describes selling the winning ticket as ‘unreal’ experience

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s meeting with prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban (above) on Thursday, could be viewed  as an ‘implicit endorsement’ of his policies, according to Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Getty Images

Brendan Howlin accuses Leo Varadkar of concealing his visit until the last minute

The joint New Year message was from the Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin (above), Methodist Church president Rev Dr Laurence Graham, Bishop John McDowell, the President of the Irish Council of Churches and the Rt Rev Noble McNeely, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Joint message describes homelessness as ‘tragic symptom of a broken system’

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling the Novel by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen narrowly pipped children’s author David Walliams’s Bad Dad to the No.1 slot.

Book about Irish country girl in the Big Smoke pips children’s author to top slot

Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara, who won  more than €115 million in 2005. Photograph: Frank Miller

Three jackpots including latest €38.9 million win make for bumper year

A meeting in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

The pivotal place of 1918 in European and Irish history will make 2018 a busy centenary

Constance Markievicz: like all Sinn Féin MPs she was elected on an abstentionist platform

To mark women’s franchise, portrait will be given to parliament she refused to attend

Just Walliams: David Walliams received the international recognition award at the Irish Book Awards in Dublin last month. Photograph; Phillip Massey/Getty Images

Graham Norton is bestselling Irish novelist for second year in a row

Vehicles  blocking the cycle lane on a Dublin street. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

I Bike Dublin says it found 491 instances of motorists parking in cycle lanes in a week

No Christmas Day for Ireland. Women in festive fancy dress walk after snow fall this month in Buxton, Britain. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Christmas Day will windy and unsettled with some rain in evening

Radiotherapy is also associated with dementia and memory loss, diseases common in the elderly. Photograph: Getty Images

Diseases such as osteoporosis and dementia can happen sooner in cancer survivors

The object’s trajectory meant it was not subject to the sun’s gravitational pull and must have originated from elsewhere in the galaxy.

Queens University Belfast research findings set to disappoint star-gazers looking for ET

Members of the assembly will debate how referendum campaigns are regulated, and when and how they should take place.  Photograph: Getty Images

Issue of media coverage expected to be raised at next meeting of the assembly in January

Jean Pierre Bars and his wife Maria Harte Bars during consultation at the Dublin Neurological Institute.  Marie has a gene mutation which caused a genetic disorder with symptoms of both Parkinsons and Dementia. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Patients suffering from PPND show symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s but the causes are different

Ryanair pilots had been due to strike on Wednesday

Move to reassure passenger travel plans over festive period

Bob Geldof receives the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2006. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil leader said reasons for giving Geldof award in the first place still remain

Bruce Dickinson: ‘The music business will drive you nuts if you let it’

Bon – The Last Highway by Jesse Fink, What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson and Queen in 3-D by Brian May reviewed

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at St Mary’s Mansions in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy says conference will look at bringing vacant housing back into use

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said his party would  campaign in a respectful and dignified fashion to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister Eoghan Murphy says abortion is a matter for a ‘woman and her doctor’

Aisling Brady (26), a physics and maths teacher from Trim, Co Meath, suffered a pulmonary embolism late last month.

Aisling Brady suffered a near fatal pulnomary embolism while teaching in UAE

Brother Allen with Christopher Brady, Liam O’Brien and Michael Molloy, compositors and printers of the 1916 Proclamation.

Brother Allen’s vast collection of 13,000 historic objects to be made available

Sixth class pupils from Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc in Co Carlow with Rachel Joynt’s sculpture Dearcán na nDaoine/The People’s Acorn, which was unveiled at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish children express hopes and fears for the future in time capsule inside acorn sculpture

The last confirmed sighting of Brendan Burke (71) was outside the Permanent TSB in Rathmines

Brendan Burke’s disappearance was ‘out of character’, his family claim

The bottom line is that painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters. Photograph: Getty

Dampness has no impact on aches and pains, Harvard researchers have concluded

The biggest killers of elderly Irish people are cancer and cardiovascular illness. They account for more than two-thirds of those who died.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tilda survey of relatives shows high prevalence of pain and depression before death

 The Irish flag is lowered outside the GPO by Army personnel last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State contributes more to prosperity and equality of world than any other country

Mary Hannon (10) wears her great-grandfather’s Old IRA service medal at a Defence Forces ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, in Celbridge. File photograph: Eric Luke

Centenary – Ireland Remembers 1916 is not a book about 1916, but a book about 2016, says its editor Ronan McGreevy

Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Photograph: AP

Star turn: Swift’s new album Reputation is the biggest seller in the US in a single week

A Garda operation targeted ‘ghost brokers’, who are selling insurance despite not being licensed by the Central Bank

Gardaí seize goods and freeze bank accounts in operation against car insurance scam

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